Wednesday 10 May 2017

Facebook Could Stop You From Getting Jobs


More than half of HR professionals said the way candidates Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts look affect their employment prospects.

Here’s all you need to know about social media snooping…

How could your social media accounts ruin your job prospects?

A third of employers admitted that they had not passed prospective employees on to the interview stage of the hiring process because of social media posts they had made.

And jobseekers are also getting wise to firms trawling the web for information about them with half of men and women say they are conscious of how their accounts may look to employers.’s Managing Director Andy Sumner, said: “More and more employees and employers are looking for a good cultural fit, so often a Google search will tell a recruiter more than a CV can.

He added: “Candidates should think about what they use each channel for – whether personal or professional – to build a profile for themselves.

“The same applies to employers. The external employer brand of a business is really significant when attracting talent – so recruiters should think of the image they are projecting as an organisation.

“Many focus on the potential negatives of social media when it comes to job applications.

“While it’s important to manage your profile and think about privacy settings, social media can also be a really powerful tool to build a personal brand and make a candidate really attractive to an employer.”

How can you ensure your Facebook privacy settings are in place?
  • On your smartphone, tap the three-lined settings logo on the bottom right of your screen.

  • Scroll to the bottom and tap Privacy Shortcuts.

  • Tap More Settings.

  • Scroll to the bottom and hit Adverts.

  • You’ll see a page showing what Facebook thinks are your interests. Delete these and add more as you wish.

  • Tap Your Information.

  • You’ll see a page showing what info Facebook knows about you, and how that info is used to find ads to target you.

  • Facebook invites you to “learn what influences the adverts you see and take control over your experience.”

So if you feel like taking full control and messing with Facebook’s targeted ad technique, feel free to delete your info and leave it up to fate.



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